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Growth in Western Australia's retail turnover (trend) in the three months to April 2007 (compared to the previous three months) was primarily driven by the industry groups of food (up $85 million or 3.4%), hospitality and services (up $37 million or 4.7%) and other retailing (including pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, toiletries, antiques and used goods, garden supplies, flowers, watches and jewellery) (up $28 million or 4.9%). In contrast, recreational good retailing experienced a decrease of $9 million (3.2%).
Over the three months to May 2007, Western Australia's new motor vehicle sales rose 1.0% (305 vehicles) to 29,863 vehicles in trend terms, compared to the previous three month period. The sole driver of growth was other vehicle sales, rising 6.1% (409 vehicles), while sports utility vehicles (down 0.9% or 53 vehicles) and passenger vehicles (down 0.3% or 51 vehicles) both recorded declining sales over the period.
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